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Nov 30, 2019, 10:23 PM

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Team(s): Hemel Hempstead Town FC, Trust Portsmouth FC and The Reds of Cincinnati

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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Portsmouth 2-1 Altrincham (FA Cup, 2nd Round)
- played at Fratton Park, Frogmore Road, Portsmouth from 3.00pm

Att Ė 8,539 (incl 622 Alty fans); Entry Ė compliments of Mrs hh; Prog - £2.50 (cut down version of League production); Refreshment Ė a Mrs hh bag of strawberry bon-bons
Travel Ė smooth ride across Town; Weather Ė dry but now cooling down
Colours Ė traditional blue and white for the hosts .. red and white stripes, with black shorts for Alty

Well it must be 5 years ago now that I was able to make a similar trip to the Alty Fans in the FA Cup .. then, Bury FC and their fans applauded the Tudors and travelling fans at the end of a visit to Gigg Lane, when a couple of late host goals had sealed the day and denied a replay but allowed those on hand to appreciate a Non-League teamís great effort, as they left this great competition and provided memories for a lifetime .. so, it was a pleasure to join the many home fans at Fratton this afternoon, in standing to show that same appreciation, as another Club from the Non-League produced a performance and memories for their fans .. the Alty players were immense and a credit to their Club .. it would have made every travelling fan and those back home, feel so proud.

Of course, until Brett Pitman had somehow dug out a victory four minutes into stoppage time, I was in part wondering what route I would be taking up to Manchester .. let alone still trying to explain the differences in The National League regional and national structure to Mrs hh .. she just wondering where the home crowd had gone since Tuesday .. and why on earth her team were not performing .. oh, and getting colder by the moment .. the suck of a bon-bon turning more into a frustrated chew, as each passing second half minute wore on .. indebted to Super Brett for showing up at the back post as time elapsed.

As for me, just the sight of 600 plus fans going nuts, when their team scored .. the pure enjoyment of those bodies celebrating and wondering how the game would end, so apparent .. yes, they had a wonderful day and just a shame they couldnít hold on for just another minute .. as Alty were also todayís winners, this F A Cup day.

Hosts report -

BBC Highlights -

Alty leaving the pitch after the game and fans comments on twitter -

Grounds = 638, Leagues done = 15 (37 to go); Games (19/20) = 102; New Grounds (19/20) = 82; Goals (19/20) = 441; Ave goals/game = 4.32; Last new ground = Bourton Rovers; Next = Tues 10th Dec 2019

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Nov 30, 2019, 10:56 PM

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Re: [hemelhopper] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

FA Vase Third Round - Lower Breck 1 Hebburn Town 5 - Admission £5 - Programme £2 - Attendance 152

A long story led me to end up here. The original intention was to go to Vauxhall Motors, as my son, who had tried unsuccessfully all week to get a ticket for Liverpool v Brighton had all but given up hope of getting a return. I left home at 9.30 and suddenly within 15 minutes received a phone call from an excited 17 year old to say that he had successfully secured a ticket, so I turned around and went home to collect him. The plan was always going to be a trip to Lower Breck if he was going to Anfield, with the two grounds barely half a mile away from each other.

Arrived and parked up at Lower Breck by 1.45 and he wandered off to Anfield, while I stayed at the Anfield Sports and Community Centre. The home side made an excellent start and took the lead after 3 minutes when Louis Storey stumbled on the ball and Louis Austin took advantage, nicked the ball off him and fired into the corner of the net from 10 yards. Hebburn equalised midway through the first half when a cross from the left evaded everyone and Oliver Martin, who was left alone scored just inside the right post from the edge of the area. The turning point then came when Stephen Milne was brought down in the area and it was a stonewall penalty, but somehow the referee was the only person in the ground who thought it was a fair challenge and Lower Breck were denied the chance to go ahead.

Hebburn were a completely different side in the second half and played some scintillating stuff to thrill their fans who made up around half the crowd. Three goals in eight minutes changed the match entirely. On 50 minutes, a Daniel Groves cross was met with a stooping header from Carl Taylor to make it 2-1 and within two minutes, the lead was extended when a Martin cross found the head of Milne which the home keeper, Joshua Molloy didnít hold on to and Michael Richardson was on the spot to net the rebound. Martin then lashed the ball home from 18 yards to make it 4-1 and he then completed his hat trick when Graeme Armstrong put a ball over the top to Richardson to cross onto the head of Martin.

It was certainly cold at Lower Breck with no protection as the two small covered stands are set a bit back with no elevation. My son appeared not long after the two final whistles had blown and he was a happy chappy relieved with a 2-1 win for Liverpool and the only scare on the drive back was his iPhone charger suddenly catching light, which was a worrying moment or two while driving down the M1.

(This post was edited by Windy on Nov 30, 2019, 10:57 PM)

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Nov 30, 2019, 10:57 PM

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Re: [hemelhopper] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Whitley Bay 2-1 Northallerton T
Northern League 1
Att 258 Adm (conc) £4 Prog Yes Coffee £1

A combination of fog in the Midlands, 40-min hold up near Wakefield, a couple of wrong turnings in the town and the low sun making reading of any road signs nearly impossible meant I didn't arrive until 14:35. There was still plenty of room in the car park.

Decent ground with a fairly large (by Step 5 standards) seated stand on one side and some cover opposite. 2 rows of uncovered terrace along most of the rest of the ground. Tea hut, burger van and 2 clubhouses.

Northallerton held their own early on and took the lead on 14 mins when a corner was flicked on at the near post allowing a simple header in. The home side gradually came into it and equalised on 27, again following a corner and led on 32 with a move down the right leading to a finish from 12 yards and a fairly acute angle. There wasn't a lot of excitement after HT with WB forcing a couple of decent saves and NT rarely threatening to equalise.

No problems with homeward leg - indoors by 21:35. Down to 3 in this division now and one other - Newark - at Step 5.

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Nov 30, 2019, 11:35 PM

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Re: [pokal02] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Quite a few matches near where I am based fell foul of the weather. A phone call to reception at Weetwood Sports Park about 1pm confirmed that the Leeds Medics match was on, so ventured up there.
Yorkshire Amateur League Supreme Division.

Leeds Medics & Dentists v Toller 2-5 ( 1-4 at HT)

Reception did not disclose that the game was on the 3G Pitch which in fact gave me a bracketed tick as I had not seen a Saturday League match on it.

Toller set off like a house on fire and were three up after twelve minutes (6'.7' and 12'). It was four on 27', however on 39' a defender punched the ball over the bar to prevent a corner kick going in and received a straight red card with Medics scoring from the resulting penalty kick. It was 1-5 six minutes after the break with Medics getting a late consolation two minutes from the end.

There are no spectators allowed inside the "cage", but it took the "jobsworths" until halfway through the second half to appear and ask those encroaching to go outside. I was standing in the gateway for most of the game anyway

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Re: [Loiner] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

West Lancs League Prem : Hurst Green 2 Burscough Richmond 2. F&N; Attendance 35

Plan A had been Aachen/Sittard, scuppered by domestic issues; plan B was Milnthorpe who tweeted that they'd failed a pitch inspection at 11 due to a frozen pitch so this plan C fell into place as passenger Karb needed nearby Clitheroe and was more than happy to be dropped outside the door of the Ale House about 13.20 with an hour or more to put to good use.
Hurst Green is a small rural village in the Ribble Valley about 5 miles west of Clitheroe on the road to Longridge in an area popular with walkers and hikers, close to the Forest of Bowland. It grew due to the presence of a notable Jesuit College founded here in 1794 - Stonyhurst College lists many notable alumni including former leaders of Peru, Bolivia and New Zealand as well as Arthur Conan Doyle. It still dominates the village which is a pretty place of stone cottages with the football ground found on Smithy Row, just beyond the Bayley Arms. England RU World Cup winner Will Greenwood was brought up on Smithy Row and has often expressed that his one regret was never having worn the Hurst Green Number 9 shirt! (that's since been rectified in a charity match)
Hurst Green moved from the East Lancs League in 2012/13 and have made their way through the West Lancs divisions to play in the Prem last season for the first time. This second season is proving even better as they lie 4th (out of 16) just four points off the top. It's hard to see them getting any higher in the pyramid at their current ground, named the San Smithy Row on the huge welcome board. In an undeniably stunning setting surrounded by high fells with Pendle Hill looming in the distance, it's a basic railed off pitch with no cover or hard standing. There are a couple of portakabins behind the goal to the left which the players retreat to at half time and which house a very basic tea-bar though the bovril was most welcome today and apart from a couple of sturdy brick dugouts, that's yer lot really. The players change in a distant building behind the village hall.
On a raw but thankfully dry day and on a very good pitch, the home team scored after just 6 minutes but any thought of the lowly visitors capitulating were dispelled as they deservedly equalised and were on top for much of the half thereafter. Hurst Green retook the lead with an iffy penalty on 70 but Richmond replied again ten minutes later following which either side could have won. Excellent fare in a league that I do enjoy very much.
I parked up (90 mins free) at Lidl opposite Clitheroe's ground and wandered in free with about ten minutes played in the second half of their game against Ossett United with the score 1-0. After locating Karb, the primary aim was to raid the pie hut but to my dismay, all hot food had gone so had to make do with bovril#2. much tastier with loads of pepper on. I'd visited Shawbridge in February 1996 for a Vase QF against Peacehaven which the home side won 1-0 in front of 850. About half that many here today, still very good for Step 4, and I was in luck as goals rained in during the latter stages with Clitheroe winning 6-1 in the end.
We decided to tick off Clitheroe's two other GBG entries - quite often, we find that when three pubs are listed in a smallish town that you'll be lucky if more than one stands out. These were all top notch : the multi-roomed New Inn was terrific and unspoiled and the Coach House Blueberry wonderful. The final port of call was an astonishing textile mill conversion called Holmes Mill which includes a cavernous German-style beer hall with 42 taps, with many side rooms full of industrial memorabilia and also home to the Bowland Brewery. The place was packed with a Christmas market outside and festive revellers within, many out for works meals or the like. I had the 3 Piers Ranting Raspberry and a sublime Farm Yard Hoof coffee stout. Too easy to stay but one final pitstop made at the Whalley Road Chippy with a northern supper of Meat & Potato Pie, chips, mushy peas and gravy in a tray for a bargain £4.
Key in door about 9.20; top day out.

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Dec 1, 2019, 7:38 AM

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Re: [buncranaboy] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

SW Peninsula West.

Saltash United 4 Wendron 2 Att about 100?

To win the league or be promoted, some games you have to win and win ugly. Today was that day. Given the possible rain which was forecast which never happened, the main bugbear was actually the Easterly wind. Oh and Wendron were by far the best side I've seen Saltash play this season. They were work like, terrier like almost and never let the Ashes really settle. Half time it was 2-1 with some very nervous Ashes supporters, indeed, it wasnt until the 3rd goal we relaxed. A late 4th for us, and a rare defence mix up gave Wendron the 2nd.

I have to say the Wendron supporters were a credit. Friendly, sporting and up for a laugh. Very refreshing.

So that's it. The last home game until 11th January, with only 3 away games at Bodmin, Launceston and Liskeard then away at Camelford in Cornwall Senior Cup in between. Cue much mirth at the end when we all got wished a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year over the tannoy!!

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Re: [Windy] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

.....The usual time mulling over where to go was outsourced on this occasion in the direction of Mr Druryszki obviously there were unticked Costa's and a few unseen players when he chose a contest much higher up the food chain than is normally watched on a Saturday....

Maidenhead United 0 V 4 Barrow - National League Premier Division
Prog 48 pages £3.00 - Admission £15.00 - Att 1239

....And also much nearer to home but after the past two Saturdays being spent in the North West, a shorter trip was very much appreciated.

Intrigued this end in the way that the National League standings are evolving as pretty certain that at the half way stage it was not anticipated that Barrow would be top of the table and that infinitely more fancied AFC Fylde would be languishing in the bottom half or that Wrexham would be bottom of the table. The visitors showed why this season is becoming memorable with a performance of quality in a contest that was every bit as one sided as Sutton Common Rovers 12 - 1 CB Hounslow seen earlier in the week. Without the continuous intervention of Chris Dunn in the home goal the outcome could have reached a level of embarrassment.

Throughout the visitors played with a distinct flow and what was noticeable from the outset was the level of confidence in their play. They could have taken an early lead on two occasions but John Rooney struck both shots straight in the direction of Dunn. Not long before Barrow took the lead when Ryan Upward cheaply conceded possession in midfield Dior Angus' pass was perfect for the hugely effective Scott Quigley and he angled into the corner beyond Dunn. The rest of the half was dominated by the visitors and the joint half time conclusion was a mutual puzzlement as to why Barrow were not further in front. The predominant reason why the lead had not been advanced was due to to heroics of Dunn who made important close range saves from Josh Kay and Angus and then reaching high to tip over a rising drive from Quigley.

What was noticeable at times about Barrow was an occasional lack of ruthlessness in front of goal and an over reliance on shooting straight rather than angling efforts wide of Dunn. Also noticeable was their free kicks and corners throughout were too short and caused no real threat to a porous Maidenhead defence.

Virtually no threat from the hosts in the first half apart from a drive from distance from Upward, which was safely pushed over by Joel Dixon. From the outset the Barrow defence had an extremely quiet afternoon.

The one direction nature of the contest continued into the second half and the lead was swiftly doubled when Quigley was afforded far too much space on the right and his low cross was concluded with a simple tap in from Angus. Maybe the one way flow could have been reversed if Maidenhead had pulled a goal back but a seemingly goal bound header from Jake Cassidy in a crowded Barrow penalty area was then glanced over the bar by Danny Whitehall and what could have been a halving of the lead ended with a goal kick.

The above was a temporary diversion and the visitors continued to monopolise possession. Again there was the occasional lack of decisiveness but two further goals allowed a margin of victory that reflected the visitors control. Element of surprise for Barrow's third as it started with a corner from Rooney which found its way through to Patrick Brough to dispatch from close range and in the final minutes Oliver Dyson located the correct angle and found the corner to create a four goal margin. To plagiarise the Maidenhead website report 'The Barrow win takes them three points clear at the top of the table (and with a game in hand) and if they continue to play like this, then they will stay there'. Needless to say Mr Druryszki who has never sampled the delights of Holker Street was amenable to a joint trip up to the Furness Peninsiula in the early months of 2020.

First time I had visited York Road since their promotion to the National and it reminded of watching the top of the division of this league three decades ago, with no segregation, no over excited PA announcers (the man on mike at York Road, must have the clearest speaking voice anywhere in the country except when the PA system throws a hissy and our ears are treated to waves of aural feedback) and a wonderful old school ground with a preponderance of terracing and a newish stand which does not look out of place amongst the antiquity.

Easy journeys in both directions and the obligatory Costa's ticks for Mr D followed by the now obligatory post match JDW fodder and just about average winter ale from Woodford's. Saturday for this weekend is the new Sunday and indoors for the weekly ironing duties at 20.40....

(This post was edited by timmy tabby on Dec 1, 2019, 8:30 AM)

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Dec 1, 2019, 8:11 AM

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Re: [Chris1963] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately


Thanks Karen, I'm aware of programme issuing being compulsory in this competition but there have been many cases of clubs not issuing in other cups (even the FA Cup) where it is compulsory to issue. It will be interesting to see if a WDYG report appears for the game at Tring Corinthians.

Not there myself but can confirm there was a programme

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Re: [penny banner] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

FA Vase Malvern(1)3 Atherstone(1)3 3-3aet Att 360
Newly revamped 3G set up with most of the usual features, still retains its character with the awful main stand which I put up with for around 10 mins. expensive for step 6 £6 and then a rip off £2 for a thin albeit glossy prog £2.. decent competitive game between two determined sides which visitors edged.

Have no Plan A and apply it rigidly..

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Re: [R.S.Cavendish] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Huntingdon T 2 - 4 Bourne T
UCL Div 1
Admission £5; no programme

A big game at the bottom of the table on a filthy afternoon. This must have been about the southern most extent of the thicker fog over this side of the country. Driving up from the south it was just a bit murky, even Huntingdon town centre was clear, but as I reached the northern bypass the mist thickened and it was fairly thick at the ground itself. Happily it didn't get much worse - after half time I was beginning to wonder as the far side looked very murky, but it did seem to clear a little by the end of the game.

The game itself was a great result for Bourne. After fairly even opening exchanges they took the lead. Huntingdon had a goal disallowed I assume for a push in the box, before the Wakes got a second, a tap in after the keeper parried a shot.

HT 0-2

Soon after the restart Bourne were three up, a classic 'keeper punts ball which rebounds off the back of a forward and into the goal' effort.

Huntingdon had their best period mid half when they pulled one back, and threatened more. Bourne broke away to score a fourth to seal the win.

On the stroke of full time, the Wakes lost a man to a second yellow, and Huntingdon scored with virtually the last kick of the game.

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Re: [penny banner] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

In Reply To

Thanks Karen, I'm aware of programme issuing being compulsory in this competition but there have been many cases of clubs not issuing in other cups (even the FA Cup) where it is compulsory to issue. It will be interesting to see if a WDYG report appears for the game at Tring Corinthians.

Not there myself but can confirm there was a programme

Went there, did that, got the programme!

As they got knocked out not much chance now of a programme unless they enter again and get a home match!

Can you remember who you were, before they told you who you should be?

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Northern Premier League North West Division
Clitheroe 6-1 Ossett United
Admission £8, Programme £2, teamsheet 10p. Att: 416

Buncranaboy has described the off-field activities more than adequately. I'll simply add that the Ale House, while less quirky than the other two pubs we visited, was also excellent.

I had a few possible options pencilled in for Plan A when I was expecting Buncranaboy to be in Holland, Plan B was for him to drop me off at Garstang on his way to Milnthorpe Corinthians, and Plan C - hastily arranged once Hurst Green confirmed that their game was on - was to be dropped off in Clitheroe. This certainly proved to be a good choice

With the home side in the play off places, and the away team just above the relegation zone (they started the day one place and 2 points above Dunston, but having played 6 games more), a home win was not unexpected, particularly when the visitors were reduced to 10 men after just 15 minutes but, despite the scoreline, for about 8/9ths of this game, it was fairly even.

The home side took the lead on 17 minutes. Number 9 tiptoed his way through the defence and was pulled back by the visiting number 5. Definite penalty, but the subsequent straight red was harsh. After a few arguments from Ossett, number 9 got to score from the spot. Few other chances in the first half, though the home number 10 did miss a sitter, sidefooting wide of an open goal.

On 70 minutes, the Blues went 2 up. Number 9 was again the scorer, with a powerful run and shot.

In the final 10 minutes, things began to get a little bit goal-crazy. Goals came on 80 (3-0), 82 (3-1), 84 (4-1), 86 (5-1) and 89 (6-1). There was still time after this for number 16 to miss a golden opportunity to complete his hat-trick.

"People do not have moments of truth in station waiting rooms"

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Sky Bet Championship

Brentford (5) 7 v 0 (0) Luton Town

Season Ticket, Programme £3.50, Attendance: 11,287 (1,636 away fans)


New Grounds Season 2019/2020 = 15
Last New Ground :Shefford Town & Campton 26th November 2019

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4th of 6 new ground out east this season
Southern Premier Central
Leiston 1 Nuneaton Borough 1
Att 238 ( 40 away )
Adm £11
Parking street leading to ground ( 2 mins walk )
f&d £6.20 Burger (homemade) , chips & coffee

Not our longest away , think Lowestoft might be slightly further , but certainly the furthest amongst the six new (for me ) new grounds . The first 130 miles predominantly down the A14 took just over two hours the last 30 miles , round winding country lanes took nearly another hour . Leiston is certainly a very small town to support a step 3 club . The ground is within easy walking distance of the small town centre tucked away at the end of a cul de sac .
It's a neat set up with cover to some extent on all four sides , though in keeping with other Suffolk grounds i've been to seems to have at least one stand that offers only a limited view of the game . Seemed a very friendly , chatty set of fans & club officials .
As for the game , we were very fortunate to get a point against a side who have shipped sixteen goals in their last three home games . Says it all about our away form this season .

(This post was edited by Sunny Nunny on Dec 1, 2019, 12:11 PM)

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Re: [hemelhopper] Saturday 30 November 2019 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Also, of course, at the Portsmouth v Altrincham Cup tie and am indeed proud of the players' efforts. Altrincham really deserved to get something from the game, and I am not showing any bias, honestly. The last run to the second run also finished with a last minute defeat at Colchester 4 years ago; that season ended in relegation, but I am confident that won't be repeated at least!

It was my first trip to Fratton Park for 35 years (a new record for the longest gap between visits), and the ground has been modernised in that time, although it retains much of its character. There could be a bit more legroom in the Milton End, though, and it would be nice if there were any refreshments sold there, too. The frisking by stewards seemed a bit over the top, too, although I suppose you have to expect that at bigger grounds.

The Pompey fans were very friendly and sporting, I must say. With Oxpete's expert guidance, I visited the Lawrence Arms and the eccentric Phoenix, both easily walkable to the ground, without being too close to get packed.

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Welsh Alliance League Division 2

Barmouth & Dyffryn United 3 CPD Gaerwen 2

Wern Mynach, Bermo

Crowd - 50 Admission - £3 Programme - £1.50

A biting wind on an already cold day led to a chilly 90 minutes with another 15 minutes added as the visitors arrived late on their journey from Anglesey leading to a delay in the kick off.

All the scoring took place in the 2nd half, Barmouth leading 3-0 before a bout of the jitters saw them surrender 2 soft goals on 89 and 92 minutes.

Was glad to blast the heater on to full for the short car journey home.

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Wythenshawe Town 1-1 Consett
FA Vase 3rd Round


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Essex Olympian League, Premier Division
Canning Town 0 Basildon Town 2 (att 16 h/c)
Free admission, no progs

Extended a work-related trip to London into the weekend, so I was groundhopping by public transport, which is often easier than driving in the capital.

I had hoped to visit Peckham Town but their match was off waterlogged by Friday evening. Not wanting to risk a late postponement I settled for a game on a 3G.

Canning Town's 3G is the West Ham United Community Training Ground, next to the West Ham United Foundation office in Beckton. It's a typical 3G, with a spectator area running most of the length of one side. The floodlights were on for the second half.

I visited Beckton United back in 1986 and their ground must have been very nearby. I'm fairly sure there's no overlap though. As far as I can tell the site of the old Beckton pitch is covered by the flats in Albatross Close, the road that leads to the new ground.

Two early goals, the first in the opening 60 seconds, were enough for Basildon to win this. Canning Town recovered from their awful start and created enough chances to get something out of the game. But their finishing was woeful, and when they did get an effort on target they couldn't beat the Basildon keeper.

Report and photos on my blog

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Wroxham 1 Wellingborough T 0 Aet.
FA Vase Rd 3 Adm £5 Prog £1 Att 203

In view of the need for an early morning inspection I decided to get there plenty early enough to divert, just in case, but I needn't have worried as the pitch stood up fairly well. Although it cut up in places, the pitch couldn't be blamed by the ample Grant Holt when he missed an easy chance early on, or when he skied a penalty late on, thus ensuring extra time on a day when the warmth of the car would have been preferable! Wroxham had been the more likely to score throughout and finally took the lead in the third minute of extra time through their 16 year old left back. The visitors competed throughout but created few chances and could not get back into the game. Good to catch up with Norwich6 and Terry from Peterborough.

I had a quick wander around Wroxham prior to the game and was pleased to see that the ubiquitous Roy empire was still in tact, even dwarfing the McDs in the town centre! Game over at 1730, home by 2045, in pub by 2100.

Where's the 'ignore this poster' button?

Beaver Hateman
Junior Team Star

Dec 1, 2019, 4:27 PM

Posts: 62
Location: Badfort
Team(s): Brentford, Hertford Town

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Brentford (5) 7 Luton Town (0) 0

Thanks to last weekís groundbreaking pay-per-view post (Didnít I mention that?) over £1000 was raised for charity, specifically The Badfort Foundation for under-nourished orphans. It is all down to you all that Black Tom supplies are at their highest for a long time, and will be used to fortify these poor unfortunates.

In fact, there were so many empty bottles left after quality testing (Well, Iím an orphan too) that the waifs decided to fashion a sculpture out of the empties in tribute to groundhoppers everywhere. Not my fault it ended up looking a lot like me.

The crashing of broken glass woke me on Saturday, upon drawing back the sackcloth curtains the full devastation was revealed to me. The statue had been smashed to smithereens, and the likely perpetrator was seen to be triumphantly making good his escape, a cackle of triumph reverberating through the early morning air.

This reprobate was wearing a purple dressing gown, in the style that the sycophants of the Tyrant of Homeward effect and if cackles can have an Irish brogue, this one certainly did. I appeal to you all for information. The perpetrator of this affront to Badfort Orphans cannot go unpunished. If you saw anything at all, please e-mail me at [email protected] Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence. Main Drain Man told me to put that last bit in when he called up to snitch.

After this inauspicious start, I didnít expect much from the day. Midweek results gave the impression that Brentford appear to be doing all they can to avoid the heartbreak of yet another unsuccessful play off attempt and Luton are a side I donít recall us having much luck against.

In these circumstances it was all the more important that I numbed the anticipated pain. Iíd had a fancy all week to revisit an old haunt, the curiously un-GBG listed Red Lion in Isleworth. This would fit in well with later trips to The Ealing Brewery Tap and The Black Dog. Sometimes the best laid plans go awry, but for all the right reasons.

Arriving just after twelve, the doors were locked. A voice from inside signalled that there was life in the place, and two minutes later, the door was opened by the landlady still in her pyjamas. Apparently she was moving on and the preceding Friday night had seen something of an energetic leaving do. She was accompanied by her six year old daughter and Murphy the dog.

A barman was summoned from the depths of the pub, so with service secured, I ordered a pint of Thisleworth Bitter, and sat in the quiet bar thinking my own thoughts. The landlady disappeared upstairs: the young daughter was left downstairs with Dan the barman, Murphy and me. As Dan was distracted with his duties and Murphy was no help I was soon joined by the six year old daughter who was writing a leaving card for her mum, but experiencing difficulties. She wanted me to put my name on it, which I did. This resulted in a half hour long spelling lesson as I tried to explain silent letters to her. A hugely pleasant, rewarding and entertaining thirty minutes.

Mum returned, fully dressed this time, and they left for some family appointment, but were replaced by two regulars, with whom I soon fell into conversation. Thistleworth Bitter flowed, subjects of conversation varied wildly and a great time was had but all of a sudden it was 14:15 and I had somewhere to be. No pub crawling today.

This weekís programme cover was from the 63/64 season, with both sides in division three. The original programme cover, 8/2/64, sported a picture of The Bluebeats, a four piece band who had been commissioned to provide live entertainment at matches. As we all know The Bluebeats went on to worldwide obscurity, so safe to hazard a guess that the entertainment wasnít scintillating.

As stated earlier, Luton have always seemed something of a bogey side for the Bees, and this design had been issued for a 2-6 home defeat, after the Bees led 1-0 at half time. If this was the most glorious result the editors could find against these opponents, it was going to be a difficult afternoon.

Despite my signifiacnt years, I wasnít at this game and over the years havenít seen us play Luton on that many occasions. I can vaguely remember them coming to GP at the start of the 76/77 season to play in the short-lived and misnamed Kent Cup. This also featured teams such as Gillingham, Millwall (Pushing it a bit, but OK), Aldershot (?), Luton (Now, youíre just being silly), and of course, Brentford.

I can recall an unpleasant encounter in the High Street after Fleetwood won there some years ago, but on the whole, Luton and I havenít crossed each otherís paths that much.

A brief conversation with Burgess Hill Bee preceded a match that will live long in the memory. Horrendous Luton defending gave Bryan Mbeumo the chance to put us ahead, and goals followed at regular intervals throughout the first half. Donít ever remember seeing the Bees five up at half time, even in friendlies. It was a given that the second half would be an anti-climax, but two penalties completed the rout. The first time I had seen Brentford score seven since November 1979. (I missed the Plymouth rout in 1994)

That day, over 40 years ago, marked the list time I hugged my Dad. As Pat Kruse scored the seventh, we ended up clinging to each other in the sheer shock and joy at what had unfolded in front of us. This was most unteenager-like behaviour; seventeen year olds donít show affection to parents, least of all in public!

Brentford, in typical style didnít win again for three months afterwards, and when they did it was a far more mundane affair. By this time my dad was ill, and he died at the start of the following season.

A fantastic way to mark the fifteenth last game at GP, but such bittersweet emotions. Football, I just donít get it.

Everyone has the right to be in doubt, but this is not an obligation.

(This post was edited by Beaver Hateman on Dec 1, 2019, 5:47 PM)

Youth Team Star

Dec 1, 2019, 4:46 PM

Posts: 306
Location: Stourbridge
Team(s): Stourbridge FC., Black Country non-league; The F.A.Vase

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Also at the Malvern v Atherstone Vase cup tie. Strange isn't it that despite watching a decent game, and this was a very entertaining match, particularly the 30 minutes of extra time, there is always a slight feeling of disappointment when it's not first choice. That would have been the Heanor Town v Sporting Khalsa Vase match which would have given me a ground tick (and six goals as it turned out) But Heanor's announcement that there would be a pitch inspection at 11 am, coupled with West Midlands Railways having another off day, meant I played safe and chose Malvern. Since my last visit, an artificial pitch has been laid together with new pitch and ground perimeter fencing while a second training pitch also seems to be under construction The small cover opposite the main stand has gone but I was told is likely to be rebuilt. The hosts broke the ice after 37 minutes but Atherstone levelled just before the break. Malvern seemed to have it sown up when they went 3-1 up mid way through the second half but Atherstone were worth their replay and looked the stronger in extra time. A smattering of the groundhopping fraternity could be seen and there was good company from Halesowen Matt.

First Team Sub

Dec 1, 2019, 6:01 PM

Posts: 1034
Location: Ipswich.The Capital Town of Suffolk.
Team(s): Ipswich Town FC since April 11th 1966.Groundhopping since January 28th 1989

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A short drive to Bloomfields (3g). KO 3.00pm.

Eastern Counties League Division 1 North.



Home. S Bird (45+2 og) C Page (62) E Collard (77)

Away. R Priddle. (14) J Frohawk (82 & 90+1)

Admission £5. Online Programme. Attendance 70.

GAMES THIS SEASON 2019/20. (23)
GAMES SINCE LAST 0-0. Ipswich Town v Wycombe Wanderers. 26/11/19. (2) BEST RUN OF NOT SEEING A 0-0. (61)
LEAGUES COMPLETED. Championship. League 1. Isthmian League North. ECL Premier Division. ECL Division 1 North. SCEFL Premier Division.
FOOTBALL SEEN IN:Bulgaria,Czech Republic,England,France,Greece,Guensey,Holland,Scotland,Switzerland,Turkey & Wales.

Dr Love
Chelsea Transfer Target

Dec 1, 2019, 6:25 PM

Posts: 3040
Location: Berks.
Team(s): Halifax Town

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Bridport 2-0 Cadbury Heath
Western Premier

The hosts were good value for the three points after their second half performance. Goalless at the interval, it was the visitors who generally looked the better team. Although chances were fairly even, and frequent, the couple of really good ones fell to Cadbury Heath. After the break it was a different story, with Bridport scoring twice, before going on to hit the bar twice after that. A late miss which should have been converted, but by that point it didn't really matter.

The ground has cover on both sides, the seats between the dugouts nothing unusal, but the covered standing opposite certaintly is. It's got a very high roof, but no elevation within in it and as it's on the access road for officials to drive in, would never be. A very large clubhouse behind the goal and beyond that a second pitch which was in use by the third team.

Reserve Team Star

Dec 1, 2019, 6:34 PM

Posts: 896
Location: Darn sarff
Team(s): Nobody in particular

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ĎI visited Beckton United back in 1986 and their ground must have been very nearby. I'm fairly sure there's no overlap though. As far as I can tell the site of the old Beckton pitch is covered by the flats in Albatross Close, the road that leads to the new ground. Ď

You are right re Beckton United. Their pitch, stood close to the main road and is now covered by Albatross Close. The pitch where Canning Town play was part of the same site, but was part of the golf driving range that stood down the near touch line at Beckton United, inadvertently providing the only cover!
There was if I recall rightly, no overlap.

(This post was edited by Bigaitch on Dec 1, 2019, 6:35 PM)

Youth Team Regular

Dec 1, 2019, 7:42 PM

Posts: 218
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Team(s): Chester City, Liverpool FC,

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KO 15.00 ADM £15 NO PROG except online and teamsheet at ground GATE 594

Caught the 75 bus up to Hampden and it didn't look as if the game was on until we walked round the far side of the stadium. It was good to see people walking up to the game much to our relief.

On entering the stadium, we were met with a surprisingly decent selection of souveniers some of which were acquired. Also plenty of food which was of a decent standard.

Nigel and I found some very comfortable seats - if we have had a couple of blankets we would have fallen asleep!!

The game itself turned out to be quite good and full of chances for both sides. Queens took a 12 minute lead which they held until half time luckily as City hit the post twice from free kicks.

Second half was not bad at all despite QP's time wasting. Their second goal was an excellent strike, taking City's keeper by surprise. City pulled a goal back in injury time but QP held on for a good 3 points.

We had gone to the Bon Accord pre game for a very decent pint of Cromarty White Out and, as we had decided to stay in Glasgow for the night, after checking into our hotel went into town for a few beers.

A good day had by both of us even though it was very very chilly.

(This post was edited by chesterbird on Dec 1, 2019, 10:04 PM)

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